Whew! It’s the beginning of July and I’m already over it. Summer is canceled. Take it away, please. The heat index last week was 100+ degrees and there will NEVER BE ANY GOOD REASON FOR THAT!
Can you tell I have a lot of feelings right now?
Well, buckle up for some more because…
*In my Usher voice*
These are my confessions……..
We’re a quarter of the way into the year already. Spooky. O . O
I swear once you hit like, 25, time speeds up exponentially. I still remember it being Christmas. Anywho, onto the language things.
Language goals for February. Yaaaaaay! Now that I’m settling back into my study rhythm I’m excited to progress.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted my goals. I’m glad to get back on track this year. This month I’m back to focusing on Korean exclusively because I want to test a new study schedule! So let’s get to it.
Language Study – Korean
I found a cute little web drama on youtube that I’ve been using to pick up some new vocabulary and grammar points. The best part is that it has Korean subtitles! I only do a sentence a day because I’m very much still a beginner. I want to make sure I fully understand the grammar concepts especially. I break study down into smaller activities:
- Copy down the sentence (in hangeul)
- Write down any vocabulary I don’t know and look up the definitions
- Write down my best shot at a translation of the sentence
- Write down translation of the sentence from a native speaker (I want to see how close I can get)
- Write at least 5 sentences using the new vocabulary
I’m still debating whether or not to add a spoken component because I’m still shaky with my pronunciation.
I use the Naver Dictionary to look up the words. It’s an amazing resource for studying Korean. So amazing that there’ll be a guide up on it soon. 😉
I’m also diving back into my textbooks! I miss them. I know not everyone does well learning that way but it’s my preferred method. The attempted study schedule for the week is:
Monday – Friday: 이화 1-1 Textbook and workbook | Korean Grammar in Use: Beginnning (Use Pomodoro method to split time evenly between the two).
Sat: Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life
Sunday: Korean Made Easy: Vocabulary
In case you haven’t noticed I’m mad obsessed with Darakwon books. They’re so well written.
Last but not least I have a language exchange with my Korean teacher on Sunday afternoons. We’ve taken a new approach: I write “Diaries” and he translates them into Korean. It makes learning vocabulary and grammar much easier seeing as I already know what the topic is…because I wrote it!
What I’m Reading
Not sure if you all have heard of Gary Vaynerchuk but he’s a pretty awesome businessman and motivational speaker. The only problem is I can’t actually listen to him speak. Listening to him literally gives me anxiety, which sucks because he has such great advice. Lucky for me he had a new book, Crushing It, come out at the end of last month. So now I can absorb his wisdom without needing to decompress afterward. Wooo!
I’ve finished my language coaching class and my mock first session. A couple more weeks and I’ll be a certified Neurolanguage coach! *happy dance* It was a lot of hard work but also a great investment of my time and energy. I can’t wait to start applying some of the new skills I’ve picked up.
What about you guys? What are your goals for this month?
Surprise! It’s a bonus post from the Learning Online series!
Part One | Part Two | Part Three
When I started learning Korean maaaany many years ago, there were almost no resources readily available. I remember going into Borders (RIP) and finding maybe two books on learning Korean. There was nowhere near the number of online resources that are available today. And, smartphones weren’t really a thing then so there were definitely no apps. Eggbun is one of those apps that definitely would have benefited me in the beginning. From starting with hangeul to learning more complicated conversational phrases, Eggbun walks you through the basic steps of learning Korean.
Eggbun (Korean Tutor in Your Pocket!) is a Korean language app from Egggbun Education that teaches you vocabulary and phrases in a chat-like format. It’s split up into different “courses” and every course has a number of lessons. After going through the lessons there’s also a review session at the end.There are “Notes” of the vocabulary along with the native recordings. You can take quizzes on the vocab words and even favorite ones that you find important. And as a bonus, there are Culture Notes: fun little anecdotes about Korean culture that add to the experience of learning!
*Courses– Topics are separated into “Courses,” which are then broken down even further into different lessons (some lessons are locked for free users). Before moving onto the next lesson, Lenny (the cute lil bun) will quiz you on what you’ve learned!
*Vocabulary Lists – Every lesson comes with a vocabulary list that you can look at any time. In addition to the words and definition, there’s an accompanying native speaker recording.
*Culture Notes – These are fun (and sometimes super hilarious), informative bit-sized notes on Korean culture.
*Visually Appealing – The simple, clean design is thankfully not distracting. Super cute actually!
Using the Korean keyboard is something I’m still struggling with. It’s not as familiar as you’re dealing with a completely new set of letters. What I like about Eggbun is that, either using your phone’s keyboard or the Eggbun keyboard, you’re typing out answers constantly. The chat feature helps with this immensely, because it doesn’t feel like a chore. It’s also an easy way to learn the placement of the Korean letters. Finally, there’s a timed quiz where you try to type as many words as possible. I’m a sucker for timed games even though they give me anxiety. I always want to beat my last score!
The chat format makes the content easily digestible. You don’t have to worry about trying to struggle through large paragraphs or confusing grammar explanations. It feels like you’re having a conversation with a friend more than anything else. Bonus: You can totally change the text speed. It might seem insignificant to some people but years of playing video games have conditioned me to hate super slow text.
Resources for listening are limited. On the vocabulary list (and within lessons) it plays sound with every new vocabulary you learn. And it’s recorded by native speakers, which is a plus.
There’s really no activities to cover speaking. This is definitely something that they should think about including in the future.
What I Want to SeE
I fully believe the Eggbun has the capability of offering more robust exercises beyond the basic vocabulary quiz, although I do find the typing quiz to be super useful. For instance, I know I always find it beneficial to listen to a native speaker talk, and then try to write down what they’re saying. Or, I will listen to a recording of a native speaker, and try to emulate things like tone and inflection. It would be nice to have the ability to record yourself saying a word or phrase, and then being able to immediately compare it to that of the native speaker.
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Cost: Free; option to upgrade from $5.99 to $45.99
Languages Offered: Korean, Japanese, Chinese
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